The human experience, how we navigate through this turbulent world, interacting with society and nature, and our destined demises—all this dwells within Nick Brown’s affective canvases. Not to say the lot are sombre: this array of paintings and pastel drawings at Austin’s Tiny Park conjure a spectrum of complex emotions befitting their varied imagery. If a picture is worth a thousand words, Brown’s works embody infinitely more. - Brian Fee, Austin Contributor
He was the last of the speakers at the TEFAF art market symposium last week, a diminutive young man with a heavy French accent who wasted no time introducing himself with flourish. “We have analyzed millions of data,” he announced, “and we have discovered the secret of the art market.”
Seated towards the front of the audience, I rolled my eyes and crossed my arms, dropping my pen into my lap. This was not going to be worth taking notes about, I thought. The guy’s a pompous idiot. - Read the entire article after the jump
As we approach the first weekend in Spring, there is plenty of stuff on the New American Paintings’ Blog to catch up on. After the jump you can find out what happened this week, in case you missed it…
Filed under: Interview | Tags: DC, Matthew Smith, MICA, NUDASHANK, Paper Chasers, Steven Riddle, towson university
Steven Riddle’s paper collages are additive. They’re layers and layers of material that slope past their underlying surfaces in gentle relief. They’re also subtractive, just as much the result of recursively eliminating elements. And they’re practically alive. A single composition is often an amalgamation of pieces produced more recently mixed with others from two years prior. They’re like living, breathing documents of the artist’s extended studio history, all of it cumulatively recorded in the bins of scrap paper in his studio — blank paper that’s been air brushed, silkscreened, brushed over with gouache, monotyped , and that’s just for starters. Colorful and seemingly delicate, Riddle’s collages might seem like a reaction to the urban gray and grit of Baltimore, where he lives. Perhaps they’re escapist renditions, or more likely, ornate celebrations of a city’s latent energy.
I recently dropped by Steve’s studio at Towson University outside of Baltimore, where he’s a second year MFA candidate. You can check out his work space, and our conversation, after the jump. -Matthew Smith, Washington, D.C. Contributor
Steven Riddle | A Still History, 2011, marker, gouache, acrylic, oil-based mono type, collage on paper, 26 × 33″
Source: Artinfo.com post on March 16, 2012: A Guide to 20 Top Artist Residencies and Retreats Across the United States by Alanna Martinez, Chloe Wyma
“The path to a successful art career can be a twisting one, but one commonly traveled route is the artist residency. There are hundreds of residencies out there, ranging from highly prestigious programs that are invitation-only — like those of Artpace, the Walker Art Center, or UCLA’s Hammer Museum, all of which mainly invite established artists to create fully funded projects — to more open, or even experimental, retreats.
Not all residencies are created equal, and while some may help you get a leg up in the art world, you may still have to pay for the opportunity. Programs can be grouped several ways: Some are fully funded without fees; some are partially funded with fees; some offer stipends/awards; still others are project/work based. There is even a thriving “alternative” category (stay tuned for a Part 2 of this series where we’ll look at some of the funkier options out there). Despite the wealth of programs in the United States, and a plethora of funding options, there are few user-friendly guides — though Res Artis and the Alliance of Artist Communities online directories are valuable resources. Below, we assemble information on 20 programs that cover the spectrum, offering the most important information for each, including who is eligible, important alumni, pros, and cons.” Read the entire post on artinfo.com
Filed under: Competitions | Tags: Arizona, Bill Arning, Colorado, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West, Wyoming
We are already nearing the deadline for our West competition which is April 30th, Midnight (EST). So, if you reside in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, or Wyoming, now is your chance to apply to New American Paintings. We are thrilled to have Bill Arning, Director, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, as our 2012 juror. We’ll be posting more about Bill later this month, so stay tuned.
So, what are you waiting for? The last few minutes of April to Apply? PLEASE DON’T (our technical support people thank you)!!! It’s easy to submit work, you just need 4 images, 1200 pixels at their greatest dimension or less, and a credit card for our submission fee. Go here and apply now if you live in AZ, CO, ID, KS, MT, ND, NE, NV, OK, SD, TX, UT, or WY!
Filed under: Interview, Seattle | Tags: Ben Waterman, Erin Langner, Greg Kucera, Seattle
Ben Waterman’s paintings invite extended meditation on seemingly banal objects: a red mosquito net, a brown piano, a vacant fireplace. These highly specific objects float in contrast to their surroundings–disorientingly unidentifiable places painted with inarticulate brushstrokes. Given the Seattle artist’s pronounced affinity for travel to new places, these surreal landscapes prompt questions on the complicated role of inspiration within constructed visual images. I caught up with Ben to discuss Midnight Lullaby, his new show at Greg Kucera Gallery, and the real places buried within the layers of his work. - Erin Langner, Seattle Contributor
Ben Waterman | Piano in a Room with a Greek Amphora, 2011, Oil paint and graphite on canvas, 24 x 40 inches.
Image courtesy of Greg Kucera Gallery.
Filed under: Art Fairs, Art World | Tags: Adam Scott, Alexa Kinne, armory, Drew Katz, Ellen C. Caldwell, Fountain, Gavin Bunner, INDEPENDENT, Josh Reames, Joshua Field, Lee Gainer, volta, Whitney
Last weekend was fun, with a trip to NYC for the art fairs. That led to quite a few posts summarizing our experiences there. We also had some great interviews throughout the week given to us by contributors Ellen C. Caldwell and Josh Reames. If you missed any of the posts, check them out below!
Filed under: Chicago, Interview | Tags: Adam Scott, Angel Otero, Antonia Gurkovska, Curtis Mann, Josh Reames, Kavi Gupta, Tony Tasset
I recently went to Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago to see Antonia Gurkovska’s first solo show with the gallery, after viewing her show I stepped into Kavi’s second gallery where a group show of his artists was installed. I made my way past a Tony Tasset sculpture, a huge Angel Otero painting, and a few Curtis Mann photos to the back room, which was full of a group of incredibly exciting, though unfamiliar paintings. It came as quite a shock to find out they belonged to Adam Scott, whose work I have been familiar with and a huge fan of. Adam has been making large, super-saturated paintings of deconstructed cartoon-y figures and scenes with a sort of implied narrative. The paintings are made by pouring paint in a controlled way to construct an recognizable image, but with a degree of slippage allowing for a wavy, tripped-out looseness to the it. The new work is much different; no cartoons, a new collage aesthetic, and a nod to a left-brained formalism not formerly prevalent in his paintings. So I decided to talk to Adam about the reinvention (after the jump)… –Josh Reames, Chicago Contributor
Adam Scott | Victory at Sea, 2011, acrylic polymer, mica, silica, and color xerox on canvas,
66″ x 60″ (more…)
Filed under: Art World, New York | Tags: Andrew Masullo, Dawn Kasper, Forrest Bess, Joanna Malinowska, Jutta Koether, Kai Althoff, Michael E. Smith, Moyra Davey, New York, Nicole Eisenman, Richard Hawkins, Tom Thayer, Whitney, Whitney Biennial
As promised, we’ve posted some of our photos from our trip to the Whitney Biennial. There were many highlights, but we captured some of our favorite artists/pieces. If you went, let us know what you thought about the exhibition in our comments section. More pictures after the jump!